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@Fishfinder - That Acanthurus achilles is a real beauty!!!!
It's one of my favorite Tangs the Achilles, but the Spike in price is off the charts due to how many then can export from the pacific islands.
I believe the #Achilles start out at $299.00. Many when I use to work at my LFS we use to have these for $99.99 for juveniles back in the day.
Those were the days, let me tell you. Where did you get him from and what do you pay for your Achilles Surgeon-fish if you dontr mind me asking ? Also, care to share some more picture of your Acanthurus achilles?
Did you also now that the Achilles tang was the newest entry into the annals of Species Spotlight is a little orange and black fish called the Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles; synonymous with A. aterrimus).
There is no doubt these fish can be scrappy and they flash their colors with pride The Achilles tang is a challenging community fish, but does well in reef tanks and with fishes that do not look like other tangs.
Though the overwhelming aesthetic impression the Achilles gives is one of black and orange, looking more closely uncovers other colors as well. The dark body is black or dark chocolate brown, but may look bluish in certain lights. The caudal peduncle on each side has a bright orange teardrop, with the point aimed toward the tail. Singular dorsal and anal fins have Dorso-ventral bands of white, orange, black, and white, moving proximal to distally. Finally, the caudal fin bears a distinguished crescent of orange, but ends with narrow vertical black and white bands. Achilles tangs also have black pectoral fins, and small white, orange, and black pelvic fins. The edge of the perculum is rimmed in white, and sometimes blue. Why they are so expensive is there has been put a limit on how many of these you can grab out of the Pacific vs back in the day where there was no limit of how many of these fish divers can catch. The common range for Achilles tangs includes the Hawaiian and Caroline Islands, and extends southwest to Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. They are also occasionally seen as far east as the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. In spite of this, the Achilles Tangs is primarily a central and western pacific fish species. They are typically found in the shallows near fore reef crests. Their agile body shape lends itself to this type of environment, as they can turn and react quickly to changes in currents and wave conditions. The shallowest waters also tend to have algal crests, where these fish can readily access their herbivorous food supplies. Though they may have some generalist tendencies, especially early in life, Achilles tangs are primarily algal eaters. Herbivore is common on coral reefs, though the difficulty in processing and digesting plant-like materials means that herbivores must spend a lot of time feeding. They tend to spend much of the day searching the surfaces and crevices of rocks, nibbling on morsels of algae. Achilles Tangs, like many other tangs/surgeonfish, are somewhat moody. Okay, they are downright aggressive, having very little tolerance for fish that look like tangs, especially conspecifics. In the wild, as in the aquarium, they can be territorial and surly though adults may school together and graze as a unit (a wild behavior sometimes mimicked in the largest aquariums. In this manner, it is easier for them to enter the territories of other fishes and graze without harassment. When alone in an aquarium, an achilles tang may choose to become territorial and defensive. On other occasions, it may opt to coexist peacefully with other tangs.
In captivity, breeding is rare or non-existent for the Acanthurus achilles! This will be a fish I will select to go into my SPS Dominate type tank .
In general, one of the most interesting and problematic aspects of keeping tangs is that they have a sharp scalpel spine on either side of their caudal peduncles. In fact, this spine is the reason that many tangs are also called surgeonfish. These blade-like projections can be extended or folded away in a fleshy groove. The spine is used as a means of defense, and has been known to injure both aquarium fish and aquarium-keepers alike! On the Achilles tang, this spine is located on the narrow neck of the orange teardrop on either side of the caudal peduncle. Conscientious aquarists must take care to ensure that this spine does not damage their hands, other livestock, or get caught in a net where it can cause injury to the Achilles itself.
The Achilles is a true gem in anyone's saltwater system..